18/09/2023 09:47 AM | Click to read full article
As the climate crisis has intensified in recent years, so has the wildfire season in Greece. By the end of July this year, more than 500 wildfires were burning across the country. Introduced in 1998, the current state strategy to tackle wildfires invests heavily in putting out fires with firefighting brigades rather than preventing them through better forest management. The failures of the wildfire management strategy are compounded by decades of state negligence in urban planning and nature preservation.